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Area Residents Urged to Seek Medical Attention if Bitten or Scratched

 The Baltimore County Department of Health recovered a laboratory-confirmed rabid raccoon from Rosebank Avenue in Dundalk (21222) on Monday, December 28.

The raccoon was not known to have had direct contact with any humans; however, there is a strong probability that this rabid raccoon had contact with other animals in this neighborhood. As a result of this serious public health threat, Baltimore County Animal Services will place traps where the raccoon was found, in accordance with recommendations from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Any person who had direct contact with a raccoon should contact their physician for immediate risk assessment and treatment. Additionally, notify the Baltimore County Department of Health (BCDH) by calling 410-887-6011 to report the exposure(s). If calling after 4:30 p.m., call 410-832-7182.

Rabies Prevention Tips:

  • Keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up-to-date. It is recommended that all pets get microchipped and wear their license on their collar.
  • Everyone should consider the risk of rabies and other diseases before taking in or interacting with any animal, especially if their home contains children, persons with certain illnesses, elderly, or other pets.
  • Persons considering adopting stray or feral cats should speak with a veterinarian for guidance.
  • Contact your doctor and the local health department if you are in this neighborhood and are bitten or scratched by your own animal, a wild, stray or feral animal.
  • Since rabies remains uncontrolled in the wild, avoid contact with wildlife as well as stray animals, especially if they appear to be sick.
  • For pets that are fed outdoors, do not leave food or water bowls out for extended periods, especially overnight. Contain garbage in tightly covered containers.

Baltimore County Animal Services provides low-cost rabies vaccinations and spay and neutering. For information on getting your pet microchipped, licensed, spayed and neutered and vaccinated against rabies, call 410-887-PAWS (7297)

City was Denied Federal Funding

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz informed Mayor Stephanie Rawlings- Blake that Baltimore County will not seek $257,000 in reimbursement from Baltimore City for the County’s police and fire assistance during the unrest that took place in the City this past April and May.

The City earlier announced that it had been denied federal funds to help defray the costs of the unrest, and that the funds would have to come from its Rainy Day fund.

“Baltimore County is a partner with Baltimore City in every way,” said Kamenetz. “This past spring, I directed Police Chief Jim Johnson and Fire Chief John Hohman to provide whatever assistance was necessary to help the City deal with a very difficult situation. The residents of Baltimore County recognize that a strong Baltimore City is key to regional strength and stability, and for that reason, the County will not seek reimbursement.”

“From the time of the unrest, County Executive Kamenetz has demonstrated his commitment to our regional partnership, from encouraging county residents to spend their Mother’s Day at city restaurants to this fall’s promotion of the value of city arts experiences to the region,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. “All of us in Baltimore City are appreciative of the support we received from Baltimore County police officers and firefighters during last spring’s unrest, and the support we continued to receive during this fall’s trial. The County Executive’s decision not to seek reimbursement for last spring’s costs is just another example of his commitment to a regional partnership and vision.”

In November, Kamenetz launched the Baltimore Arts—Just Down the Road campaign encouraging County citizens to support Baltimore City’s arts and cultural attractions. Back on May, he appeared in a Mother's Day video encouraging citizens of the County to return to the City after the spring unrest.

Kamenetz indicated that should County assistance be required in the future each event will have to be evaluated individually, and that this action does not set a precedent for future decisions.

photo of interns who were interviewedOur Labor Market of the Future

What is bringing these talented young people home to Baltimore County?  These bright and driven students may have spread out to NYC, Philly, DC and New England for college, but they were back working, living, playing in Baltimore County this summer. 

Summer Interns Interviewed

What was it that led them to pass up summer career experience opportunities from Wall Street to the Capital? 

Will Anderson, Director of Baltimore County Economic and Workforce Development, sat down and asked them about their summer internships in Baltimore County and their futures.

Their answers give us reasons to believe our region will be in very good hands as these young people build their own careers and drive our next generation economy.

What’s going on that excites you here?

Bella: “Connectivity. The county wraps around the city so you get the best of both worlds. I love being able to hike along Patapsco River and then be in the city in as little as 5 miles. And, there’s lots that can be done to strengthen that connection through transit, workforce and education. We are in a hub of non-profits, stellar colleges and major government entities where so much can and will be happening in the next 15 years. It’s an exciting frontier for any career in public policy or behavioral economics.”

Nicole: “Although I’m studying Chemical Engineering while in school, when I’m home I love to get back to my roots in the theatre. This region has amazing community theaters like STAR Theater in Catonsville, the Dundalk Community Theater, UMBC theater group, not to mention access to the city’s Hippodrome, Everyman Theater, Center Stage and the new Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater.”

Saché: “When you look around, Baltimore is growing. You see new businesses arising all the time with tons of opportunity in the field of business and information technology. Also, living in Towson has been great. So much is going on. There are more restaurants, a really nice movie theater just opened, and tons of places to shop around the Towson Campus. It’s also not far from home.”

Sam: “Hands down it’s Ultimate Frisbee. I’ve been involved with the Central Maryland Ultimate Association over the years and both Baltimore County and City have amazing parks to play. One of my favorite spots is Benjamin Banneker Park.”

Khala: “I like that it’s the best of both worlds. I like the County because it has great places to go like the mall, the movies, bowling. Then I like having the city to go to the Inner Harbor, the Gallery and some of the unique smaller stores. It’s great having both. Beyond that, when I’m away at college, I miss all of our great food!”

How did your internship change you?

Sam: “The lab for Physical Sciences at bwtech@UMBC put me in a working environment that could be intimidating at times, but well worth it. It really made me rethink my major in GIS. I’m going to put a greater focus on Economics and Math as I continue on to do research in grad school. If the opportunity presented itself, I’d like to work in the Baltimore region. I feel like it’s a good place to be as it continues growing.”

Bella: “Now I’m sure. This summer made me realize I want to come back. I realize now that I’m much more interested in economics rather than straight-laced finance, like what you see on Wall Street. Community development and housing issues are something I can really be passionate about and there’s so much opportunity to make a difference here around Baltimore.”

What do you want to contribute?

Khala: “Ultimately I want to work with prisoners. I think I could make a real difference. Lots of people just want to forget about them, but in many cases it’s a good person just in a bad situation. Everyone has a soft spot you can bring out.”

Sache: “Other than being successful for myself and my family, I want to give back to the community. Growing up in a really rural area, we lacked some of the technology and connectivity that’s so prevalent in contemporary education. I might not move back to my home town, but I can see myself going back and getting involved in bringing more technology to the schools – like iPads and laptops. We need to promote these things early on in our children’s education so they don’t leave and fall into a culture shock.”

Dionna: “I too would like to get involved with the schools. A great example is the Bring Your Code to School Program. This is a program designed to introduce kids to coding throughout the region. My cousin was on a local robotics team and he’s doing amazing things volunteering with that program.”

About the Interns

Nicole Dantoni
College: Widener University, Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Major: Chemical Engineering
Home: Catonsville, Baltimore County
Internship: STAR Theater in Catonsville

Sam Besse
College: University of Maryland, College Park

Major: Economics and Geographic Information
Home: Relay, Baltimore County
Internship: The lab for Physical Sciences at bwtech@UMBC

Saché Bond       
College: Towson University, Baltimore County

Major: Information Systems with a minor in Business
Home: St. Mary’s County
Internship: Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance

Khala Evans-Addison
College: Johnson & Wales, Providence Rhode Island

Major: Counseling Psychology 
Home: Owings Mills, Baltimore County
Internship: Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance

Dionna Fair-Latta
College: UMBC, Baltimore County

Major: Business Technology
Home: Baltimore City
Internship: Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance

Bella Willeboordse
College: New York University, NY

Major: Economics and Public Policy
Home: Catonsville, Baltimore County
Internship: Baltimore County Department of Workforce and Economic Development

Interview by Will Anderson,
Baltimore County Director of Economic and Workforce Development


Revised April 6, 2016